Can you use an external drive with the Mac Mini?
I Have seen videos that say we can't increase the ram on a Mac min, but I am curious if it works like a regular computer, if we can attach an external hard drive to store some of the memory to free up space. Sorry if it's a dumb question just need to know what I can do with it.
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RAM/memory and storage/hard drive/SSD are different and serve different functions. The RAM on the 2014 Minis are soldered in place and can't be increased. It is how you purchased it, 4, 8 or 16 GB.
You also had some option on storage when you purchased it. The storage can be increased later but that requires disassemble that likely voids the warrant.
You can connect an external storage device via either USB or Thunderbolt. Thunderbolt is faster but ony by a little if yo only have one disk comparted to a USB 3 external storage device.
You can get external storage devices that include a rotating HD or an SSD. Using an SSD is faster than either a USB 3 or Thunderbolt connected storage device.
For apps like iTunes and Photos you can store your library on an external drive.
Also, you should have a separated external drive for backup